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Soulgemmed Mods ([personal profile] soulmods) wrote in [community profile] souljammed2017-02-04 10:46 pm
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Test Drive Meme


Arrival: So you've just arrived in Nyoi-Cho. Congratulations! You must be so excited about having your wish granted. Or maybe you're upset that the result wasn't quite what you expected? If that's the case, then that's too bad! There are no take backs and no redoes, so you're stuck with what you have! Maybe you should have been more careful about how you worded that wish...

Oh well. There's no use in dwelling on it. You're a magi now, and that means adjusting to a whole new lifestyle! Maybe one of the townspeople can help you out.

Only... they're acting a bit strangely, aren't they? They're all too happy to show you around, but there's something unsettling about the way they're behaving. Almost cheerfully dissonant. Any questions about the history of the town are met with blank stares and brief silence, before they plaster a smile onto their faces and change the subject. Any attempts to tell them about your duties as a magi or anything else that relates to the magical will get similar reactions.

Isn't there anyone normal here that you can talk to at all?

Home Improvement: The houses that the magi are given access to really are something, aren't they? There's almost no limit to what they can do! Why don't you create the house of your dreams, or maybe recreate and relive your favorite childhood scenes? Invite some spectators over to marvel!

A Day in the Life: Everyday hero by day, magician by night! You've got a busy day ahead of you and no time to waste! Maybe it's school, or maybe it's work, maybe it's both! Being magical doesn't make you exempt from paying those shopping bills!

Practice makes Perfect: This magi stuff sure looked easier on TV. You don't understand your power and it's frustrating trying to use it in combat when you don't get it. Maybe it's time to just take some time to figure this out. Good thing none of the citizens can see you when you transform! Test out those new skills, cause a little mischief, or be the helping hand someone might need!

Fighting Evil by Moonlight: Things aren't as easy as they looked on TV. Nightmares are tough and there's real danger in there. There are victories... but, some are not as clear cut as others. Is today a successful attempt, or are you on your last legs standing up against an enemy far stronger than yourself? Do you forge on ahead, or do you retreat?

A Corrupted Soul Gem: You neglected to take care of your soul gem, and now you don't feel quite yourself anymore. You feel like you're losing your sense of self - all you seem to be able to focus on is your old regrets and past failures. What's happening to you?

A Dreadful Nightmare: You had an absolutely horrid day. As you drift off to sleep, your mind dwells on all the injustices you've had to endure. In response, your bed swallows you up, and your room shifts into a horrific Nightmarescape. What sort of Nightmare are you? What kind of Nightmarescape do you create? Hopefully your fellow magi can stop you before you cause too much damage!

A Witch's Curse: A Nightmare is nothing in comparison to the horror of a Witch. Perhaps you've been bitten by her sweet kiss, now only able to see the futility in all you do. Perhaps you've just witnessed one of your most beloved friends succumbing to the darkness in their heart, forsaking their wish for a curse - or perhaps you have decided to do it yourself. One thing is for sure... there's no turning back now.

Wildcard: Feel free to use any information from the FAQ or the World Info page to make your own prompt!
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-12 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Shaking her head, which means that he's not who she's targeting... or, nodding, which means that actually he is? It sure as heck was confusing, and it took him a moment to understand once she points behind him. ]


[ There it goes. He slowly gets back up to his feet, looks back to the mystery girl, then at the familiar. ]

Weeell, it just so happens that I've been looking for the same thing. You think if we get rid of it together, that'll count as me doing my civic duty as a magi for the night?

[ As a. Ridiculously roundabout way of asking if she needs help. ]
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[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 09:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[She seems to ponder this for a moment, but she doesn't answer in the affirmative.

It's not because she doesn't want his help; truth be told, she would feel more reassured if he were to come along. It's just that her goal was never to kill that familiar in the first place.]

I'd heard that familiars don't clean your gem.

...But, if we follow it, maybe it can lead us to something that will.
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-12 10:12 pm (UTC)(link)

[ He could've sworn that just defeating the familiars would restore your energy... or was that Dragoncide? Man, reality and fiction mixing was rough. When he thought about it, he didn't exactly have the best plan in place to take any of them out in the first place. Didn't have too much time checking out the ol' magic reserves. ]

Well, my talents lend themselves more to sneaking missions anyway. Sure, let's see where this lil' fellow takes us.
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[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-12 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[She nods, breaking into a run so that she can catch up with the familiar before it can duck out of sight.

It doesn't take long for something to happen, though; she's barely taken three steps before the space around them is warping into that of a nightmarescape. A thin, narrow trail of ink stretches out before them, laying out a path. Above, sights that belong in a child's crayon drawing can be seen. Scribbly curved lines form into the shape of birds, flying overhead with a cartoonish imitation of a caw.

Yoshino looks back in Jughead's direction, as if to look for a gauge on what she should do.]
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-13 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
[ Whoop, running then. And then, suddenly, everything goes weird.

Everything looks to be fairly crude and badly drawn, and Jughead feels like he's walked directly into a coloring book. Or a really, badly animated cartoon by the looks of those birds. When she looks back at him, he throws up his hands. ]

Don't look at me. I didn't pack any erasers.

[ Shrug? He barely even knew what his magic did. Jughead cautiously stepped forward, hands in his pockets. ]

I guess the first thing we'll do is just keep an eye out and hope no one tries to scribble on us.
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[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-13 07:31 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, he seems calm about this, at least. Calm enough to be cracking jokes.

That's good.]

If they did, it might serve as good camouflage in a place like this.

[What better way to blend in in a shoddily-drawn crayon world than to look like a shoddily-drawn crayon scribbling yourself?

Yoshino takes a few steps forward, as if testing the waters, but as bizarre as their surroundings are, it doesn't seem as if anything within is hostile. For the time being, anyway. Some of the birds have definitely taken notice of their arrival, as can be noticed by the way they're beginning to land on nearby tree branches to gawk at the newcomers, but that's as far as anything has done so far. Maybe camouflage would be unnecessary.]
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-14 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, maybe that'll happen anyway. The longer we stay in here, we'll turn into doodles.

[ He just says matter-of-factly. He's not in a situation he'd consider scary just yet: after all, this doesn't look like it'd be considered a massive undertaking in the first place. It should be a some place crawling with enemies to smack around, followed by the world ending final boss.

Still, no complaints here as he looks up at the birds and whistles a bit. There's less effort to start out on Easy to learn the controls, and other such metaphors. After a few seconds of looking back at those birds, he shakes his head. ]

Friendly. At least until we make noise. Don't suppose whatever magic you got's quiet, is it?
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[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-14 05:45 am (UTC)(link)
[The best response to a question like that is to show Jughead her weapon, Yoshino figures. She's always been more for action than words, anyway.

She holds her arms out in front of her, one bent at the elbow and one pulled straight, and an assault rifle materializes into her hands so that one hand is at the trigger, and another is gripped around the barrel.]


And you?
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-14 06:00 am (UTC)(link)
[ Uh. Uh huh. ]

Wow, he didn't really skimp in the weapon department for you.

[ Who just gives a shy-looking girl a gun? He sure hopes that thing came with a manual or something, otherwise someone's going to wind up swiss cheese.

Speaking of. Jughead scratches at the back of his head, before holding his hand open vertically. What materializes looks to be a comically oversized spatula, which gets... well, not much surprise on Jughead's part. ]

Whatever works. I'd probably do better work with a knife and a fork, but I can deal with this. [ Which basically means... ] I guess I'm getting up close with anything that comes at us.
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[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-14 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
[A cooking implement. Kyuubey gave this guy a cooking implement to fight with. "Just what did you do to make him hate you enough to do that?" she almost wants to ask. If he had to be given something food-related, he could've done a lot better than a spatula, something that didn't even have a sharp point or even edges.]

...Is that really all he gave you?
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-14 05:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[ What does he say? If he had to guess, the complaint department wasn't exactly something he could contact about his weapon. Even so, this was a lot less likely to backfire on him, at least as far as he knows. With a dry chuckle, he waves it a bit. ]

Sure, you didn't know? I'm the magi's cook now. I'm here to refill your stomach if you're feeling low. [ A pause. ] It'd still hurt if I whacked someone with this.
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[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-16 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, she supposes that's true enough.]

And it's quieter than mine.

[And easier to carry around, come to think of it. This assault rifle of hers definitely loses in the mobility department, so for the time being, she unsummons it. She doesn't think shooting at these birds will do them much good; there's no way they're any more than familiars, if they can even be considered that.

She scans her surroundings again, and it's not long before her eyes are drawn to the ink trail.]

...The Nightmare is probably down that way, don't you think?
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-02-26 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
I'd say so. Hey, just saying, you're not going to have to keep a lid on it when we see it. Unless-- I don't know, do we get any kind of bonus for stealth?

[ Eh, probably not. Still, if he's the one that has the weapon that can actually do some kind of damage, he should probably be out in front. Jughead keeps his spatula handy and swings it idly in his hand, trying to give it a twirl as he follows down the ink trail.

It'd be better off if they had a giant eraser, or something. ]

Just curious. I'm generally the non-violent, non-flattening type. If things get bad, you're not a bad shot, right? I don't have to watch the back of my head?
myapology: (until the day you call my name)

[personal profile] myapology 2017-02-28 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
That depends. Would you consider the element of surprise a bonus?

[Though... She glances back at the birds again. With all these familiars around, watching their every move, she'd be very surprised if whatever Nightmare is up ahead doesn't already know they're here.]

As long as you don't make any unexpected movements, you have my assurance that I won't shoot you.

[But maybe that doesn't sound like the most reassuring statement in the world, so after a beat, she adds:] I've been trained on how to use a firearm. Don't worry.
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[personal profile] needlenosed 2017-03-12 08:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[ The element of surprise, huh? Well, maybe. Typically it feels like the end boss winds up impressed the player character's made it that far. Jughead pauses and taps the back of his head. Gah, he really needs to stop thinking of this in terms of video games. It feels a lot more real than that, and he's sure he won't have anything like HP.

For that matter, he might also be trying to come to terms with the girl packing heat next to him. Luckily, she's... trained? ]

Seriously? Was that a class they offered at your school back home?

[ It felt like there wasn't much time left to get this bantering in, and he winds up glancing back at the birds as they walk past. Was it supposed to be this quiet and... easy? ]